Since last summer, rental towers have been popping up all over downtown Chicago — and the boom shows no signs of slowing down. Here, we highlight 5 of the most decadent apartment buildings to move into now, and 5 to keep an eye on in the coming year.
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Creativity is encouraged at this new apartment tower, and the modern units are a perfect blank canvas.
Selling point: Forget looking for the nearest Divvy port — 1001 offers its own bike-share program. Home chefs can pick fresh herbs from the living Biowall, and engineers can tinker in the Makerspace, complete with a 3-D printer.
What’s nearby: The South Loop is on the rise, so you’ll see more and more in the coming months and years. For now, you’re steps from the basic necessities (aka Target) and gorgeous public parks, and don’t miss Eleven City Diner for breakfast.
Opt for: Apartment 3904 faces southeast, getting gorgeous morning light.
The need-to-know: Studio, one-, two- and three-bed units start at $1,750. 1001 S. State, (312) 212-1001; 1001southstate.com

Defying the notion that the Loop is all business suits and power lunches, Marquee is a chic new residential addition.
Selling point: Not only does this building have a high-end fitness center, it offers daily fitness classes — led by instructors from Orange Theory, CrossTown Fitness and more — complimentary to residents.
What’s nearby: Block 37 shopping center has a newly expanded Zara and underground pedway straight to the Red Line, and theater buffs couldn’t get any closer to the stage.
Opt for: Unit 3725 — the biggest two-bed, two-bath — has vaulted 10.5-foot windows.
The need-to-know: Studio, one-, two- and three-bed units start at $1,915. 25 W. Randolph, (312) 372-3737; Marqueeblock37.com

Link: On The Rise


Call to mind residential communities downtown and on the Near North Side and you’ll likely imagine towering high-rises tucked between Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier. But Sienna is a new luxury apartment building that runs horizontally rather than vertically.
It’s got 50 units on six stories — seven, if you include the rooftop deck and mechanical penthouse. Developed and managed by Golub & Co., Sienna, near Streeterville, welcomed its first residents in September.

“Streeterville has a lot of big, tall apartment buildings, and we built a number of them as well,” said Stephen Sise, Golub’s senior vice president of portfolio management. “We saw an opportunity in the market for something different. Sometimes the big ones can be noisier and a little busier, and we wanted to provide something with high-quality space with a smaller, boutique feel.”

Sienna’s facade is wrapped in two-tone brushed metal and punctuated by large banks of windows. The interior decor is an eclectic mix of modern finishes, high-tech communications, exposed ductwork, reclaimed wood and concrete walls and ceilings.
“It’s not a true loft building because it’s new, but we took some of those elements to give it a unique flavor,” Sise said.

Sienna apartments, which are on the second through sixth floors, include one- and two-bedroom units in 10 floor plans. In the hallways, each entry door is marked by a sconce with filament bulb. Each apartment is equipped with a full-size clothes washer and dryer, oak-tone plank flooring, exposed concrete ceilings, ceiling fans in bedrooms, operable windows with solar shades, smart thermostats, and USB ports in the kitchen and bedrooms.

Kitchens have stainless steel appliances, gray Euro-style frameless duo-tone cabinets, gray quartz waterfall countertops and white marble mosaic backsplash. Bathrooms have gray porcelain flooring and wall tiles, terrazzo shower bases, and mirrors framed to match the cabinetry.

One of three models is a 1,420-square-foot two-bedroom unit on the second floor. From the entry door, an L-shaped hallway angles past storage and laundry closets and a full bath with tub. The hallway ends at the open-plan living and dining space, where floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides overlook the intersection of Ohio Street and McClurg Court. The kitchen is separated by an appliance wall with cabinetry and a large peninsula that comfortably seats four. The five-burner range is built into the peninsula, and a sleek metal range hood hangs above it.

The two bedrooms are in opposing corners of the apartment, an appetizing arrangement for those who seek more privacy. The master suite has walk-in and linen closets plus a bath with dual vanity and oversized shower, while the second bedroom has a linear closet.

“We don’t have skyline views, but we have great street views,” Sise said. “The street is always active. Over the holidays, the trees on the street were all lit, and it was quite beautiful.”

At the building’s Ohio Street entrance, residents and visitors gain access via a smartphone video intercom system. The lobby is appointed in minimalist fashion with walls of tile, mirror and aged wood along with a sprinkling of historic photos and artifacts.

Behind the lobby are most of the common amenities: Mailroom, automated package and dry cleaning pickup room, secure complimentary bicycle storage room, fitness center with cardio and weight-training equipment and flat-screen television, pet grooming station and dog run. Also on the first level is 5,500 square feet of retail space under development.

The tiled rooftop deck on the seventh floor is furnished with two grilling stations and comfy furniture for dining and lounging.
Wi-Fi is complimentary in the building’s common areas.

Reserved enclosed, climate-controlled parking is shared with Golub’s neighboring apartment building, Moment. Sienna residents have private access to the garage.
Sienna is within easy walking distance of restaurants, cafes, upscale grocery stores, Target, AMC River East 21 and Pinstripes bowling alley. CTA buses are plentiful, and a Divvy station is nearby.

Link: Sienna Isn’t Sky-High, But The Streeterville Midrise Doesn’t Skimp On Luxury


If anything is red haute in San Francisco right now, it’s the real estate market, and Luxury high-rises are popping up all over. Here, in alphabetical order, are the city’s most spectacular new luxury condominium and apartment buildings and the ace developers who are building them. Every one of them makes high design, industry-leading amenities, and advanced safety and security systems their top priorities. Several developers have also built or are building nearby affordable housing as part of their deal to win the city’s approval.
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“Solaire and Park Tower feature a merging of urban contemporary design and community-building green spaces, including sky decks that showcase stunning views of the bay and city.— Lee Golub

Golub & Company, a Chicago-based real estate developer, is making its mark on the San Francisco landscape with two new buildings: the Solaire, a 32-story, 409-unit luxury residential high-rise with green design elements on the corner of Fremont and Folsom in SoMa, and Park Tower, a much-hyped 43-story office building adjacent to the Transbay Terminal and City Park. “San Francisco’s Transbay area is emerging as one of the most exciting micro-markets in the world, and we’re pleased to be part of its revitalization with both residential and office offerings,” Lee Golub, executive vice president, told Haute Living. “Park Tower and Solaire are reshaping the San Francisco skyline, and we believe they will change the way San Franciscans live and work.” The most cutting-edge design techniques, materials, and energy-saving measures are being incorporated into both buildings.

Link: Climbing to New Heights: SF’s Top 10 Luxury Residential High-Rises